Keeping to the slick style that marks James Bond movies, award winning director Sam Mendes announced the title of the 24th Bond movie at a launch event at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire live to a global audience on Thursday: Spectre.
Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film scheduled for release on 23 October 2015. The title stands for ‘Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion’.
The cast include Andrew Scott, as an MI5 employee called Denbigh and Dave Bautista, playing a henchman called Mr Hinx. Italian actress Monica Bellucci and France’s Lea Seydoux have been unveiled as the new ‘Bond girls’, named Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively.
The car that Bond will drive in the film was also unveiled at the event attended by Craig, 46, and other cast members: an Aston Martin DB10. The film will be shot in London, Mexico City, Rome and locations in Morocco.
According to the film studio, the plot will see “a cryptic message from Bond’s past send him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.”
Mendes said, “All of them are amazing places. I’m very excited to be going to these locations over seven months, which is how long we’ll be shooting.”
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “excited to announce Daniel’s fourth instalment in the series”, and added that they were “thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of Skyfall with Spectre”.
The last Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’, was the highest grossing film of all time in the UK, making 705 million pounds at the worldwide box office.